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Good News - October 2018

Get Low

I go through waves when it comes to time with my camera around my neck. Sometimes, coming up with ideas feels like pushing a semi that’s got the parking brake stuck. Other times, I can’t shoot fast enough to capture all that’s running through my head. Truth be told, it’s the same with my writing and sometimes even my sermon prep, but I digress.

Lately, the wave has been flowing in the right direction. So right in fact, I was able to derail a train over it (but that’s a tale for another entry!). With each positive wave, I experiment and learn more about this little niche of creative outlet.

One thing that often gets my creativity flowing is changing my position, usually by getting down on the ground. It is wild how different things look when you are shooting UP at a bunch of kids on a wagon. Or shooting Canandaigua Lake (which, no offense, doesn’t have the most interesting backdrop) through the weeds interspersed in the rocks. I admit, it gets tricky when the dog is running full speed at you, but when the shot comes out, it’s very neat!

Why do I write about my geek side and expect you to read this far down the page? Because EVERYTHING looks different when you see it from a unique perspective. We all view the world through our own lens (no pun intended). Our history, our experience, our values or biases. This isn’t a good thing or bad thing – it just a thing thing. What if we could see the day to day stuff from a different point of view as easily as looking up or looking down?

What if we could hear our kids or grandkids tell us of playground drama and think not “there’s bigger problems in the world than sharing toys”, but remembering what it was like to be 7 years old and hear a friend say, “I don’t want to play with you”?

What if we could read the Good Samaritan story and imagine what was running through the priest or Levite’s mind as they walked by (I promise, it’s not blasphemous to give them their day in court)? It helps beat mental inertia – as thinking what we have always thought and doing what we have always done rarely leads to growth.

Your thoughts and opinions may remain the same. I don’t mean this to sound like “change is good just because it’s novel”. But the next time I walk around Kershaw Park, I’ll have to consider what I learned by getting low – that God can make even weeds have their place…that a bee is pretty cool to watch among a bed of flowers…that there’s no such thing as “same old” when you are willing to try a new perspective for a while.

Give it a shot!

Many Blessings,

Pastor Brian



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Wake Up Call Who Is Like God? (1/4) Micah 1:1-7
Good News For Sale Who Is Like God? (2/4) Micah 3:1-12
Who Are You Again? Who Is Like God? (3/4) Micah 4:6-5:5a
God Like No Other Who Is Like God? (4/4) Micah 7:14-20
First Things First Thanksgiving Psalm 50:1-15, 23
Lead By The Head Christ the King Sunday Ephesians 1:15–23
Matter-ing TGI Monday (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
God's Superhighway TGI Monday (2/6) Matthew 22:34-40
As Is, Just As TGI Monday (3/6) Luke 19:1-10
Authentic Living TGI Monday (4/6) Genesis 1-2
How Not To Be A Christian At Work TGI Monday (5/6) 1 Peter 3:13-16
Kingdom Platform TGI Monday (6/6) Colossians 3:12-25
Remembering Your First Love Seeking God (1/10) Hosea 10, 11, 14
Grabbing a Slice Seeking God (2/10) 1 Chronicles 12, 16, John 13
The Truth About The Truth Seeking God (3/10) 1 John 1:5-10
No More Seeking God (4/10) John 8:2-11
God's Glue Seeking God (5/10) Ephesians 2:1-9
Getting Ready Seeking God (6/10) 1 Peter 1:13-21
Love's Acid Test Seeking God (7/10) John 14:15-24
We're Good Seeking God (8/10) 1 John 4:5-21
A Prisoner Freed Seeking God (9/10) Matthew 18:21-35
Light Power Seeking God (10/10) Galatians 5:16-26
Promise Keeper Refuel (1/5) John 14:18-31
John 16:4-15
Cosmic Math Refuel (2/5) Mark 1:1-11
Fruity Living Refuel (3/5) Galatians 5:16-26
Step One Refuel (4/5) John 3:1-16
Set Apart Refuel (5/5) Romans 8:1-11
Fear Not  Unshakeable (1/6) Matthew 28:1-10
On Your Feet Unshakeable (2/6) John 21:1-19
I Have This Hope
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Unshakeable (3/6) 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Most Perfect Imperfect Prayer Unshakeable (4/6) Mark 9:14-29
God's Job Description Unshakeable (5/6) Exodus 3:1-15
Confidence In The Chaos Unshakeable (6/6) John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         Think of a time when you heard God whispering to you. Why do you think He whispered instead of shouted?

·         Think about the voices that speak into your life, such as God, others, self-criticism, our culture, and your to-do list. Which voice is speaking loudest to you today?

·         How do you feel about the idea of listening to God? Do you believe it’s possible to hear God speak?

Memory Verse

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

- Proverbs 3:5–6 (NRSV)

Next Steps

What is your bravest prayer, the one you think God would never answer? As we go through this series, make a point to keep praying that prayer and listening for the answer (whatever that might look like).


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